Well, it's here. My blog. Y'all can quit laughing now. No, really. It's not April first, dammit!
A bit of a story on how I found the blogosphere. I'm a latecomer to it, I admit. For a couple of years now, I've been reading Drudge, NewsMax, etc. One day on NewsMax, I saw this really great "branded donkey" icon for a tee-shirt offer. So, clicking thereon, I found ThoseShirts. Neat. Really Friggin Neat. But, who was this "Rachel Lucas" in their authorized merchandise?
Totally. Blown. Away. And. Stunned. (see, I really DID read her.) Her site led me to many links. No, I'm not going to link-whore this post, but link led to link which led to link, link, link, etc, ad infinitum. In some cases, ad nauseum, too.
From her site, I came to truly value Kim DuToit's superb works. A kindred spirit, a true and fellow American, too. In the best of all possible ways.
Here now, is where the trouble really begins. You guessed it. I tripped across this damned Acidman site. Never knew one could become addicted to 98% Sulfuric Acid, but what the hell, it works for me. Mr. Smith's quiet, but insistent suggestions that I ought to write a blog truly affected me. I was honored and taken aback, that a writer of his caliber saw merit in my efforts.
And recently.... a few kicks in the ass and well-chosen words from this fine lady whom I met in Rob's comment threads; Ms. Key Monroe. She really convinced me that I could say something more blogworthy than mere blather. This remains to be seen!!!
Finally, big thanks to Paul, who connected me with TypePad , blogware and hosting; both at a deeeeep discount. Paul also provided valuable expertise and assistance in getting this off the ground. He's a beta-tester for 'em, too. If any of you need help starting a blog, click on him. Really.
I was born and (mostly) raised in SOUTHERN California. Been in SOUTH TEXAS since '76. Got a blogfaddah who's barely older than me, and a blogmama who's considerably younger than me! ONLY IN THE SOUTH!
To everyone who pushed, shoved, pulled, pleaded and even shamed me to do this, I can only say; THANK YOU.
So, welcome aboard the Sloop New Dawn. I'll do my best to keep the voyages interesting, fun and off of the rocks. Conversely I won't hesitate to explore uncharted waters on these pages. Hopefully, y'all will enjoy the journey, and want to come back for more.